Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Blog Hop -- Fabulous Flamingo

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Welcome to the first Inky Friends Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog with some of our favorite offerings from the new catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Yapha's blog where she featured the Coffee Cafe' stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just had some undersea fun with Tanya with the Magical Mermaid.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious love affair with flamingos--especially the tacky pink variety.  I've been collecting them (or my family has been gifting them to me) for many years.  Right now they seem to be all the rage.  It's no wonder.  They are just so darn cute with those big bodies, gangly legs, and gorgeous pink/coral colors.  When I first started thumbing through the new catalog, you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It went to the top of my must have list--the great news was that I was able to WIN the stamp set at a Stampin' Up! event within just a few minutes of seeing the stamp set for the first time.  I was over the moon excited!

I have two projects to share with you featuring this fun stamp set.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist (Re-inker), Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgain ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder Paper Snips, Aquapainter

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo; Inks:  Berry Burst; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Foil Frenzy Specialty, Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

I'll be back soon with the details for making these projects, so please return for another visit.  

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Tanya and the Magical Mermaid or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Yapha for a Coffee Cafe' break.

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Thoughtful Banners -- Happy Birthday Sweet Friend

Hello!

Today's post is one of the cards I designed for my June Stamp Clubs.  You may notice that it bears a strong resemblance to Linda's Birthday card in my previous post.  I didn't have enough ribbon for my stamp club members to make the same card as Linda's and, frankly, with Linda one of the stamp club members I wanted her card to be unique.  

So rather than use the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Using this stamp set also gave the stamp club members the latitude to swap out the words used on the card front and inside the card to make their card specific to their own needs; something that's very easy to do with all the great words and phrases in the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. 

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This card begins with a card base of Berry Burst cardstock.  A Berry Burst pattern from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with a slightly larger panel of Powder Pink cardstock.  A piece of Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon was adhered horizontally across the panel with the bottom edge of the ribbon 1-5/8" above the bottom edge of the patterned paper.  The ends of the ribbon were folded under and adhered to the back of the Powder Pink panel.  The Designer Series Paper/cardstock/ribbon panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "friend" Lovely Words Thinlit was centered inside the largest of the oval Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") on top of a piece of Berry Burst cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot.

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A piece of Powder Pink cardstock was die cut with the large scalloped oval (2-1/2" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits and used to mat the "friend" die cut.  The two pieces were adhered with teeny, teeny, tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive (Alternate Adhesives:  Fine Tip Glue Pen or, better yet, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets for the Big Shot).  [Tip:  Place the clear acrylic "E" block on top of the adhered die cuts to allow the two pieces to get a good paper-to-paper bond.]  Adhere the die cuts, centered over the ribbon, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The Classic Label outline image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped twice on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink.  The "Happy" and "Birthday" images were placed next to each other on a stamp block and stamped at the left end of one of label outlines using Berry Burst ink.  The "Sweet" image was stamped to the right end of the second outline image using Berry Burst ink.  The outline images were punched with the Classic Label punch.  The right end of the "Happy Birthday" label was clipped off with Paper Snips next the the "Y" in "Birthday" and the label adhered to the card front with the clipped end flush with the right edge of the patterned paper--the top edge of the label 7/8" from the top edge of the paper.  The left end of the "Sweet" label was clipped off with Paper Snips 1/4" to the left of the "S" in "Sweet" and the label adhered to the card front with the clipped end flush with the left edge of the patterned paper--the top edge of the label 1-5/8" from the top edge of the patterned paper.

Three large rhinestones (5 mm) from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels were adhered in a triangular pattern to the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A narrow strip of Powder Pink cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Berry Burst patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  The Designer Series Paper/cardstock were adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The "celebrate" and "You" images, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, were placed on a clear block and stamped near the upper center of the liner using Berry Burst ink.  The double chevron image was stamped twice on each side of the "You" using Powder Pink ink.

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The Classic Label outline image was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope leaving the left edge of the label image off the envelope.  The "Happy" and "Birthday" images were placed next to each other on a clear block and stamped inside the outline image using Berry Burst ink.

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A piece of Powder Pink patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The excess paper was trimmed off with Paper Snips following the edge of the envelope flap.

I hope that you are having a great Summer and taking advantage of the sunshine and fun activities with your friends and family.  If you are able to take some time off for yourself, I hope you'll find some time to craft.  Crafting doesn't have to happen in a dedicated craft room or even indoors.  I have some great memories of crafting with my family on camping trips, afternoon trips to the beach, and on picnics to parks.  It's always fun to incorporate the events and/or the elements into the projects.  For example, on one afternoon trip to the beach my parents showed my brothers and sisters and I how to make candles in the beach sand.  Every time I saw the candle in my parent's living room I could remember playing in the sand and running through the waves with my brothers and sisters, eating sandwiches with an emphasis on the "sand", and the anticipation as we all waited for the candle wax to set for each of our candles.

Card measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 3/8" x 4"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon:  5-3/4"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners; Inks:  Berry Burst, Powder Pink; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals Stack; Embellishments:  Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Lovely Words Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Happy Birthday Gorgeous -- Linda's Birthday Card

Happy Friday!

It's been a crazy busy week this week and the rain is still coming down in torrents.  One of my jobs outside of Stampin' Up! is as a delivery driver; so I spend quite a bit of time on I-95 and US1 in four Eastern coastal counties of Florida.  Let me just say that after this week I could do with a little less highway and a whole lot less rain while driving on said highway.  I'm very grateful that it's Friday afternoon, the driving is finished for the week, and I'm in my stamp room where things are dry and stationary.

Today's post is a birthday card I made for my good friend, Linda.  She was a Stamp Club Host last weekend AND her birthday was the day after Stamp Club.  A pretty good weekend for LInda!

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Linda's birthday card features the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set with the Lovely Words Thinlits (with a cameo appearance by the Milestone Moments stamp set).  This card begins with a card base of Powder Pink cardstock.  A piece of Powder Pink print paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered at the center of a slightly larger panel of Fresh Fig cardstock.  A length of Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon was adhered along the vertical center of the Designer Series Paper/cardstock with the ends of the ribbon folded to the back of the cardstock and adhered in place.  The Designer Series Paper/cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the Classic Label outline image from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set using Powder Pink ink.  The "happy birthday" script image was stamped inside the outline image using Fresh Fig ink.  The stamped image was punched with the Classic Label punch and adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Fresh Fig cardstock.  The cardstock was cut with Paper Snips to create a border around the punched image.  The punched image/cardstock were adhered 5/8" from the top edge of the Designer Series Paper/cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals placed at each end of the punched label.

This brings us to the die cut focal point of the card, featuring one of the Lovely Words Thinlits.  I think I must have die cut about seven versions of this thinlit before I finally hit upon the combination below.  What's really special about this set of thinlits is that they coordinate with the Layering Ovals, Layering Circles, and Sweet & Sassy Framelits so you can adjust the width of the frame around the center word to meet your needs.  For the "friend" thinlit on this card, I used the Layering Ovals and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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The "a-ha" moment for me was when I realized that the "friend" thinlit fit inside one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-3/8" x 3-1/4").  THAT was the finished look I wanted for this focal point.  The great thing was that I could die cut them both with the Big Shot at the same time from the Powder Pink cardstock!  You can see how the two die cuts fit together below.  How cool is that??!!

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A piece of Fresh Fig cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the scalloped edge oval (2-1/2" x 3-1/2"), from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  This die cut was used to mat the "friend" die cut using teeny, teeny, teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Adhesive placed on the back of the "friend" die cut (yet another great use for the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets when I get them!). [Tip:  Place an empty acrylic "E" block on top of the two die cuts for a minute or two to ensure a good paper to paper meeting of adhesive.]  The "friend" die cuts were adhered at the bottom center of the card front with the bottom edge of the die cuts 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper/cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the script "sweet" from the Milestone Moments stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered above the "friend" but just below the upper die cut border using Mini Glue Dots.

The card front was finished with a length of Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon tied into a bow and adhered to the vertical ribbon between the punched label and the die cuts using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A thin strip of Fresh Fig cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Powder Pink print from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack and the two pieces adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The "you look gorgeous" sentiment, from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Fresh Fig ink.  The large and small solid flower images, also from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, were stamped to the left of the sentiment using Powder Pink ink:  the large solid flower three times and the small solid flower three times.  The small and large detail flower images were stamped over their corresponding solid flower images using Fresh Fig ink. 

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A piece of Powder Pink print paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope with the excess paper trimmed away using Paper Snips following the edge of the envelope flap.  The "It's Your Day!" sentiment, from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Fresh Fig ink.

This card certainly emphasizes the amazing color and tool coordination that Stampin' Up! designs into their product line.  I just love that I can trust that the colors will be consistent between the papers, cardstocks, and inks.  AND I was seriously pleased with the coordination between the Lovely Words Thinlits, the Layering Ovals Framelits, and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Very cool, indeed!

Card measurements --

Fresh Fig:  2-3/4" x 3-3/4", 5/8" x 3", 3/8" x 4"; Powder Pink:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Whisper White:  1" x 1-1/2", 1" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  3-3/4" x 5", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon:  6-1/4", 12"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Milestone Moments; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Powder Pink; Cardstock:  Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack; Embellishments:  Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Adhesive; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Lovely Words Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Colorful Seasons -- Life is a Beautiful Thing

Hello!

Happy Monday!  I'm cleaning up from my weekend of Stamp Clubs and realized that I hadn't posted my final project from the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  [To see the line up of extremely talented international Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.]

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is packed full of wonderful images evoking all of the seasons of the year.  When I saw the beautiful thinlits that match the large leaf images in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I just knew that I had to make some Fall leaves.  Growing up in East Central Florida, you don't really see all the magnificent colors of the Fall leaves as you do in the more northern climates.  However, I have traveled in many of these areas during the Fall and always come away stupefied by all the amazing displays of color.

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This project begins with a Medium gift bag created using the Gift Bag Punch Board (including punching the closure holes along the top edge of the bag).  Before assembling the gift bag, the cardstock was randomly stamped with the large outline leaf image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set using Versamark ink.  Tear & Tape adhesive was used for the gift bag assembly.

The decorative tag attached to the front of the gift bag begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut a smidge less than the width of the front panel of the gift bag.  For the Medium gift bag, this measurement is 3-1/16".  Using the gift bag punch board, punch closure holes along the top edge of the bag using the reverse punch area (opposite the scoring area of the punch board) lining up the edge of the cardstock with the pointer.

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Using the Big Shot and the scallop edgelit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, create a scalloped edge across the bottom of the tag.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over the front of the tag, then stamp the "Life is a Beautiful Thing" greeting just above the scalloped edge using Versamark ink.  Cover the inked image with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. tapping the excess back into the container, and then melting the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.

Using Cajun Craze ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the top center of the tag.  Clean the stamp and then using Old Olive ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the left edge of the top of the tag.  Clean the stamp and using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the right edge of the top of the tag.

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Using the Big Shot with the Magnetic Base Plate, die cut the large leaf framelit from Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake cardstocks (you'll have to die cut them one at a time, though).  Using the Big Shot with the Precision Base Plate on the regular platform, die cut three pieces of Copper Foil Sheets with the detail large leaf thinlit (you'll have to die cut these one at a time, too).  Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere a Copper Foil leaf to the Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake die cut leaves.  [Tip:  Once you've adhered the Copper Foil to the cardstock leaf, immediately place an empty acrylic "C" block on top of the two die cuts for a couple of minutes to ensure that the adhesive has bonded paper to paper.]  [Alternate Adhesive:  If you use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the Copper Foil Sheets when you die cut the detailed leaf thinlits, you can eliminate the Fine Tip Glue pen.  I can't wait to get these!]

Adhere the Crumb Cake die cut leaf to the upper right edge of the tag with the center point of the leaf near the top of the "l" in "beautiful" and the right edge of the leaf and stem extending beyond the right side of the tag.  Adhere the Cajun Craze die cut leaf to the upper middle of the tag with the stem of the leaf extending beyond the top edge of the tag and the right edge of the leaf slightly overlapping the Crumb Cake leaf.  Adhere the Old Olive leaf to the upper left of the tag using a Stampin' Dimensional with the right side of the leaf overlapping the Cajun Craze leaf, the center point of the leaf pointing toward the top of the "f" in "Life", and the leaf stem extending beyond the left edge of the tag.  The important thing is NOT to cover the punched holes.

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Line up the punched holes on the tag with the punched holes on the CLOSED gift bag and insert the ends of the Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon through the holes beginning from the back of the CLOSED gift bag.  Even up the ends of the ribbon at the front of the gift bag and tie a bow.  Trim the ends of the ribbon with Paper Snips.

Now it's back to cleaning up and putting things away to get ready for another blog hop this weekend.  I'll be back soon to share the projects I designed for my Stamp Clubs this past weekend.  Please stop back by to visit!

Project measurements -- 

Old Olive:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 7" x 11"; Very Vanilla:  3-1/16" x 4-1/2"; Cajun Craze:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Crumb Cake:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon:  17"

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Versamark; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gift Bag Punch Board, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Precision Base Plate and Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Layers Thinlits


Colorful Seasons -- You Make Me Smile

Hi There!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today's post provides the how-tos for making another one of the cards I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  To see the line up of amazing international Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is part of the Color Theory Suite of products in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog (US Catalog pages 146-147).  For this card, I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set with coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  A few years ago, incorporating Paint Chip cards was all the rage in paper crafting.  Recently, the ombre look of color gradients is quite the thing.  So when I saw the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack which includes a sheet of paper with color gradients in two types of ombre and another with the same color gradients with white separators to look like a Paint Chip card I was very excited.  So many possibilities AND the paper stack contains four (4) different color schemes:  Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst (those are the darkest colors).  Oh, boy!!

One thing that retired a couple of years ago that I've really missed is the scallop edgelit.  I really love big scallops.  I was super excited to see that a scallop edgelit was included with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits so I wanted to use that first.  

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This card begins with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock.  A piece of Crushed Curry Paint Chip card paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was cut apart with the Stampin' Trimmer along the white dividing lines creating 5 strips of paper.  Each of the color gradient sections was die cut with the Big Shot using the scallop edgelit, from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, placing the bottom edge of the edgelit along the bottom edge of each paper strip.  A bone folder was used to gently curl the edges of the scalloped edge up.  The darkest strip was adhered to a panel of So Saffron cardstock with the bottom edge of the scallop 1/8" from the bottom edge of the cardstock and the right and left sides of the paper 1/16" from the right and left edges of the cardstock.  The next lighter strip was adhered directly above the darkest strip with the top edge of the next lighter strip 1/2" above the top edge of the darkest strip.  Continue with the remaining strips of paper, darkest to lightest, until you have adhered all five strips of paper.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the "You Make Me Smile." greeting, from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, near the right center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cover the ink with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, tap the excess back into the container, and then melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  Using Soft Suede ink, stamp the short branch image with the left end of the branch along the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock and the right branch end pointing toward the greeting.  Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the small flower and buds image over the branch (note that there are cut away areas along the branch that accommodate the flower images and the buds will go at the tips of the branch ends AND the flower at the furthest left end of the image will not be included).  Adhere the Very Vanilla cardstock to the So Saffron panel with the top, right, and left edges of the Very Vanilla panel 1/16" from the top, right, and left edges of the So Saffron panel (the Very Vanilla panel may overlap the top piece of paper just slightly--that's OK).

Wrap a piece of Gold 1/4" Natural Trim around the So Saffron/Very Vanilla/scalloped paper panel over the area where the Very Vanilla and top layer of scalloped paper meet and knot below the branch.  Mat the So Saffron panel with a slightly larger panel of Soft Suede and adhere at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The branch image was stamped near the left upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink.  The flowers with buds image was stamped over the branch using Crushed Curry ink.  [These kinds of images really make you appreciate photopolymer stamps, don't they?!]  The "Grateful for a Friend Like You" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the end of the branch using Soft Suede ink.

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I was really enjoying the way the flowers fit along the length of the branch, so I decided to use the two images one more time on the envelope; the branch stamped with Soft Suede ink and the flowers with Crushed Curry ink.  The "You Make Me Smile." greeting was stamped below the branch using Soft Suede ink.  

When this card was posted for the blog hop, one of the comments I received for this card from the incredibly talented Linda Callahan was "...oh those ruffles.....like a fabulous party dress!"  I agree with Linda.  Once I finished this card and set it up to look at it I immediately thought of a high school prom dress with layers of flounces.  And that made me smile.

Card Measurements --

Crushed Curry:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; So Saffron:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack:  3-3/4" x 6"; Gold 1/4" Natural Trim:  12"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Bunch of Blossoms; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Gold 1/4" Natural Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Seasonal Layers Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope